21 September

Lonsdale Battalion events that took place on 21 September.
For events that took place elsewhere in the Great War, see The Great War:21 September.

1914 (Monday)[edit | edit source]

  • Lt-Col. Machell to Recruiting Officers:
    ...Owing to the impossibility of obtaining at once sufficient blankets, underclothing, and necessaries, Recruiting Officers are requested to inform all recruits that they are recommended to take with them the following articles, which will be taken over if serviceable and paid for according to valuation of the prescribed government rates. Each recruit: Blankets 2 or 3. Clothing 2 pairs of boots and laces, 1 pair woollen drawers, 1 cardigan, waistcoat or jersey. Necessaries 1 pair braces, 1 hairbrush, 1 shaving and 1 toothbrush, 1 comb, 1 knife, 1 fork, 1 spoon, 1 razor, 2 flannel shirts, 3 pairs of sock, 2 towels. [1]
  • Recruiting Office opens at 7 Devonshire Street, Carlisle.

1916 (Thursday)[edit | edit source]

  • Battalion situated in the front line trenches (Cuinchy Sctor).
  • The Commanding Officer visits the front line trenches during morning; the day in general is comparatively quiet.
  • At 9:15pm the Battalion's Stokes Guns bombard the enemy's trenches for approximately one hour; there is very little retaliation.
  • Colonel Rigg visits Battalion HQ during the evening.

1917 (Friday)[edit | edit source]

  • Battalion leaves Coxyde at 2pm and marches to La Panne in Divisional Reserve.
  • Operational Orders are received from Brigade.

  1. Record No. DLONS/L/13/13/2
Various sources contemporary to the war have been used to compile The Lonsdale Battalion On This Day. The majority of the events shown on this day (21 September), including any supplementary notes, enlistments and statistical data etc., have been primarily sourced from the Lonsdale Battalion War Diary (November 1915 to June 1918), Record of the XIth (Service) Battalion (Lonsdale) and abridged material from Timeline and Chronology of the Lonsdale Battalion (September 1914 - May 1915), which are sourced from the original DLONS/L/13/13 Lowther Estate Archives. Events from that chronology are reproduced here with kind permission of Jim Lowther (2016). They are identified and referenced separately by their unique DLONS numbers. Please do not publish these events without prior permission from the Lowther Estate. All casualty names, numbers, ranks, date of deaths and places of burial/commemoration have been sourced from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19, Volume 39, The Border Regiment and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database respectively.